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Skinnymixers Butter Chicken
Skinnymixers Butter Chicken

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Skinnymixers Butter Chicken Thermomix Recipe

Butter Chicken also known as Murgh Makhani, this popular dish needs no introduction. While this Butter Chicken may be a decadent treat, it is a healthier Thermomix alternative to take-away versions and well worth the effort. After releasing this recipe, the Skinnymixers Facebook Group begged me to put out my first cookbook ‘A Little Taste of India’ – available in the Skinnymixers Shop or Apple Books.

This viral Butter Chicken Thermomix recipe took the Thermomix Community by storm in 2014 and has been the top Skinnymixers recipe every year since. Don’t be turned off by the length of this recipe – it is written in simple step by step instructions to help even a new user of the Thermomix TM6 TM5 TM31/Bellini / Smith and Noble.

A Little Taste of India Cookbook Skinnymixers
My first Thermomix Cookbook ‘A Little Taste of India’ sold 5,000 copies on launch.

My Butter Chicken Thermomix recipe is mild for those who are sensitive to spice and children seem to love it. One of the ‘must make’ Thermomix recipes, it is easy to follow and will definitely impress.

Naturally gluten free and there are instructions to make it dairy free / vegetarian / keto / LCHF /low fodmap friendly below.

BEFORE YOU START – TIPS FOR THE BEST BUTTER CHICKEN

  • Leave yourself enough time the first time you make it – some beginners take 90 min. Enjoy the process, it isn’t hard or complicated!
  • Check that your Apple Cider Vinegar isn’t double strength. Not all apple cider vinegars are equal in taste, I recommend using Braggs ACV with the mother.
  • Using Pepper Free Garam Marsala helps keep this dish very mild. If you don’t mind a little spice, using one with pepper is fine.
  • Don’t use a tea bag or device to hold your whole spices together. The flavour will be impacted and it can void the warranty of your Thermomix.
  • Use fresh spices! You can find all of these spices in all major supermarkets. I prefer to get my spices from Grandma’s Pantry, as they are fresher, gluten free & very high quality.
  • The food colouring, nut meal & honey are optional. If you aren’t used to a thick/creamy sweeter butter chicken then leave any of these out to suit your preference.

If you make this recipe, snap a pic and hashtag it #skinnymixers — We love to see your creations on Instagram & Facebook!

Slow Cooker Method

This recipe makes a lot of sauce. When you transfer this thermomix recipe to the slow cooker, for the best results you double the marinade & chicken but leave the sauce amount the same.

  1. Make the sauce and transfer to the slow cooker with the marinated chicken in Step 10.
  2. Stir through the nuts and cream at the end.

Skinnymixers Butter Chicken in the Slow Cooker

What to serve with your Butter Chicken?

You could serve your Butter Chicken with rice or cauliflower rice. If you are looking for standout recipes to wow your guests and tastebuds – you can’t go past the Garlic, Cheese & Spinach Naan, skinnymixer’s Jeweled Coconut Rice, Vegetarian Biryani or Indian Cauliflower Rice.

Thermomix Naan Bread Recipe
The Thermomumma Guest Recipe for Garlic, Cheese & Spinach Naan Bread is the perfect side dish for the Skinnymixers Butter Chicken
Indian Rice Thermomix Recipe for Biryani
The Vegetarian variation of the Biryani from the cookbook A Little Taste of India – takes this to the next level.

This recipe features in the Thermomix cookbook ‘A Little Taste of India’. Other standout recipes from this cookbook include:

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Skinnymixers Butter Chicken
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5 from 38 votes

skinnymixer's Butter Chicken

Voted as the Best Butter Chicken Thermomix Recipe, you will also find this recipe in the Skinnymixers Cookbook A Little Taste of India. You can access the Butter Chicken FAQ's here.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Author: Skinnymixers
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Thermomix Recipe
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 700 g chicken breast diced
  • 150 g cashews or almonds, raw (optional - omit for nut free)
  • 300 g cream or coconut cream
  • 50 g honey
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander chopped

Marinade:-

  • ½ Tbsp salt
  • ¼-½ tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • Optional: 1 tsp liquid tandoori colouring OR ¼ tsp red food colouring and 2 drops of yellow food colouring
  • 10 g ginger
  • 1 clove garlic peeled
  • 15 g apple cider vinegar

Tomato paste:-

  • 2 clove garlic
  • 10 g ginger
  • 30 g apple cider vinegar
  • 400 g tin of Ardmona chopped tomatoes
  • 100 g tomato paste

Gravy:-

  • 200 g brown onions peeled, halved
  • 125 g butter
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 3 cloves
  • 5 cardamom pods bruised
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garam masala pepper free

Instructions

  • Add nuts to mixer bowl, mill 10 sec/speed 9/MC on. Set aside.
  • Without washing the bowl, (change to blunt blades for bellini and use speed 1 instead of reverse) add marinade ingredients to mixer bowl. Blend for 2 sec/speed 9/MC on. Scrape bowl down and repeat 3 times.
  • Add the chicken and stir through marinade for 10 sec/speed 2/reverse/MC on. Scrape mixer bowl out completely, set aside in a separate bowl to allow chicken to marinate.
  • Without washing the bowl, add tomato paste ingredients to mixer bowl. Blend 1 min/speed 8/MC on. Set tomato paste aside in a separate bowl again.
  • Without washing the bowl, add onions to mixer bowl and chop 5 sec/speed 5/MC on. Scrape bowl down.
  • Add 60 g or 2.1 oz butter to mixer bowl, cook 10 min/100°C or 212°F/speed 2/butterfly/MC on.
  • Add remaining butter (65 g or 2.3 oz), cinnamon, whole cloves, cardamom, star anise, cumin and paprika to mixer bowl.
  • Cook 5 min/100°C or 212°F/slowest speed/reverse/butterfly/MC on.
  • Add reserved tomato paste mixture, garam masala and 2 tsp salt to mixer bowl. Cook for 4 min/steaming temperature/slowest speed/reverse/butterfly/MC on.
  • Add reserved marinated chicken mixture to mixer bowl. Cook for 12 min/100°C or 212°F/slowest speed/reverse/butterfly/MC on.
  • Add reserved nut meal, cream and honey to mixer bowl. Cook for 4 min/100°C or 212°F/slowest speed/reverse/butterfly/MC on. While cooking, use your spatula to stir the curry occasionally.
  • Pour curry into an insulated server, remove whole spices, stir through chopped coriander and let it sit covered for 10 min.

Notes

Original Recipe: If you want to add fenugreek, its 1 tsp at step 7.
Dairy Free: Use coconut cream & 100 g of oil.
Keto / LCHF: Omit honey & nuts or use macadamias/almonds.
Low Fodmap: Replace the garlic with a little garlic infused olive oil & use the green part of leeks to replace the onions. Omit the nuts & use Rice Malt Syrup instead of honey.
Vegetarian: Replace Chicken with vegetables such as pumpkin, cauliflower and beans and cook until tender. You can also add some drained tinned chickpeas when adding the cream & honey.
Important note: DO NOT increase the quantities of any ingredients - this will avoid overloading your mixer. Unless you are cooking chicken on the stovetop or slow cooker.
This is one of our most popular healthy thermomix recipes.
Bellini: Do not use the butterfly / mixing tool.
Use the blunt blade, speed 1, chop the meat in 3-4cm cubes or wide strips. After the first 5 mins or so of cooking stop the machine and release the meat that has got tangled around the blade. Be sure to not overcook.
Tried this recipe?Mention @skinnymixer or tag #skinnymixers!
Nutrition Facts
skinnymixer's Butter Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 672 Calories from Fat 445
% Daily Value*
Fat 49.4g76%
Saturated Fat 25.4g159%
Sodium 1370mg60%
Carbohydrates 19.8g7%
Sugar 15.1g17%
Protein 34.6g69%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Frequently Asked Butter Chicken Questions

Can I use Ground Spices?

  • 1 tsp ground ginger powder
  • 2 pinches of cardamon powder or 1 tsp cardamon seeds
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon powder
  • a pinch of the clove

How can I remove the spices easily?

  • As you are slowly pouring the Butter Chicken into the thermal server – using a silicone spatula you can usually find a few easy spices, then use it to look for the rest prior to adding the coriander.

Can I add more Chicken?

  • The Butter Chicken recipe makes a lot of sauce, but the chicken is at maximum weight capacity. If you need to make more we recommend cooking on the stovetop or slow cooker (see Slow Cooker Tips below). Some Skinnies like to freeze the extra sauce for a quick meal or use it for butter chicken pizza or even Butter Chicken Kievs!

Why is there Food Colouring in the recipe?

  • The food colouring can be left out for those who don’t like to use it, BUT a little secret…this is how the Indian take-away shops get their butter chicken to look that vibrant (unnatural) red colour! (You can find proper tandoori colouring at Indian grocers/supermarkets)

What is the Super Skinny version of the Butter Chicken?

Butter Chicken FAQ Page

Skinnymixers Butter Chicken Pin


  1. I prefer this butter chicken to any restaurant one I have had. It has been a hit with my kids and anyone who I have made it for.


  2. This was the fifth set ever recipe I tried in my thermomix. Now it’s a staple in our house and a request from family and friends. The flavours are amazing. I will never go back to the ‘shop’ version as now it only makes me want the SkinnyMixers version!


  3. My 8 year old son has literally eaten this for breakfast, lunch and dinner on occasion! The first time I made the Butter Chicken, it felt a little daunting, I must admit. However, from a practical perspective, the recipe was easy to follow, straight forward, and the end result was simply amazing. This butter chicken recipe is one of our all time Thermomix favourites, and will continue to be for as long as I can envisage.

  4. This is honestly my favourite recipe of all time. It is a firm family favourite and is requested at least once a week for dinner.


  5. Literally THE best butter chicken. My husband reckons it’s better than restaurant / takeaway and he’s usually a “its Ok” kinda guy whatever I cook. This recipe knocked his socks off.
    I love that it’s versatile and you ca make vegetarian if needed.
    My only problem is it’s too good and I eat way too much of it when I cook it 😂


  6. Can’t tell you how often we make this. We have to have a freezer stash of this ALWAYS. It’s delicous and I refuse to buy butter chicken from anywhere now, especially when I can make it from scratch with no preservatives and so much flavour. Best butter chicken ever.


  7. Yum!! I make mine vegetarian by using paneer and Quorn pieces. It’s absolutely delicious and our toddlers love it (we always get them involved by making the Thermomumma naan to have with it). Definitely not hard to make, and most ingredients we usually have ready in the pantry.

  8. Love this recipe! At first glance I thought it was going to be complicated but so easy & so so delicious for everyone in my family of 7..and when we have visitors always get compliments!


  9. Hamds down best butter chicken ever, a family favourite. I sub the cream for coconut cream, never have any leftovers.


  10. Easily the most requested dish in our household. There are never any complaints when this is on the menu. Everyone I’ve ever made it for loves it.


  11. This is one of the enduring top favourites in this household! Any of my friends I’ve made it for just rave about it! Even my 2year old grandson loves it!
    Freezes beautifully! Must say I love all the information/tips on the website for this dish. Brilliant job!


  12. Our go to family curry. My kids love it as does my husband who normally only likes very spicy curries. We serve with rice and popadoms. I double the marinade and cook extra chicken in the varoma on top of the curry. So 8 portions in total. Freezes well.


  13. Best recipe ever!! A regular in our hose and every time I’ve made it for friends and family, it had received rave reviews.
    My brother in law has a nut allergy, we warned him about the cashews, he decided to put up with the consequences because it was so good

  14. This is a favourite of mine. Don’t be put off by the big ingredients list. It’s a simple enough Thermomix recipe with outstanding flavour! It’s so amazing and so yummy. I have cooked this for an Indian chef and he loved it! I think that’s high praise. Of course everyone else I have cooked it for has loved it too. It’s a croud pleaser for sure!!!


  15. Fantastic recipe. Even Miss 5 eats this version. I love how it can be made on coconut cream without the flavour being overpowered like some recipes,

    This became a fast favourite in the household and is made at least monthly.


  16. Home made is always the best in my opinion, and Nikalene’s Butter Chicken recipe is AWESOME!! And what you can do with the left over sauce is almost limitless. Having food intolerance/s can make it difficult at times, but with all of the Skinnymixer recipes, there are adaptions already worked out for you. Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!!


  17. This is my go to recipe. I used this recipe & vegie recipe version for our canteen night at our sports club. An absolute winner. I would highly recommend this recipe. It’s full of flavour.

  18. I have eaten at many Indian restaurants in my 56 years on this planet. Niks Butter Chicken is better than pretty much every Indian restaurant I’ve eaten at. This recipe is restaurant quality, very easy to make – thanks Nik – and hands down the best butter chicken you will ever cook for yourself ❤️❤️❤️

    1. I agree with you, I actually will no longer buy Butter Chicken as a takeaway. I’d much rather cook it myself!

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